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Piña Colada Cupcakes

HorrorFFF 1 Piña Colada CupcakesThe ladies in my moms group host a fun Moms Night In every month that revolves around a Bingo-type game called Pokeno.  I rarely ever make it but this week presented itself with an opportunity to attend the game night.

The rules of the house for Pokeno dictate everyone to bring a dish to share.  With Tuesday being National Piña Colada Day, I thought Skinnytaste’s Piña Colada Cupcakes would be a nice treat.  A low calorie, low fat spongy treat to soak up the alcohol everyone would be drinking while they played.

Many low fat cupcake or muffin recipes use applesauce in place of egg and oil, but Skinnytaste created a tropical flare to the average low fat cupcake by adding crushed pineapple to her recipe.  And much like many of Skinnytaste’s recipe, this was a simple one too.  Seriously, can you get much simpler than two ingredients: a box of cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple?

As for the recipe, I followed it as is, even “completely draining” my crushed pineapple chunks with a small sieve and a spatula for the icing.

Just like Skinnytaste promises, my cupcakes were moist and flavorful.  The pineapple cream cheese coconut topping finished it off perfectly. I sprinkled a dash more shredded coconut on top for an extra tropical taste.

Funny thing, it rained Tuesday evening.  It’s a darn good thing my cupcakes had umbrellas.

 Piña Colada Cupcakes

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain…

 Piña Colada Cupcakes

Skinnytaste’s Piña Colada Cupcakes (Borrowed from

Low Fat Pineapple Cupcakes


1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow cake mix

20 oz can crushed pineapple in juice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix on medium speed with electric mixer for about two minutes.

Prepare a muffin tin with cupcake liners.  Ladle the batter into liners, about 2/3 full. Bake in accordance with cake mix directions or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Set aside to cool.


Pineapple Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting


8 oz Philadelphia 1/3 less fat cream cheese

20 oz can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice, completely drained of any liquid

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup sugar


Combine cream cheese, crushed pineapple, sugar and coconut flakes in a medium bowl and mix with a hand mixer until combined well. Spread on cooled cupcakes and refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Living life as a mom on the run between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 11, 7, 2). Before a blissful life as a SAHM, I taught elementary school for 7 years. In 2007, I discovered a passion for running. I'm currently training for a fourth marathon as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. In my spare time, I am the lead organizer for the Tampa Bay Bloggers on Facebook. I'm currently training for two marathons as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. From start to finish, I'm a mom on the run trying maintain an easy pace through it all.

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  • Becky says:

    Yay for lowfat cupcakes!! these look so cute and tasty!! I’m a huge fan of coconut! thank you for linking to Foodie Friday!!

    13 July, 2012 at 8:19 am
  • Kate says:

    I love coconut and an occasional pina colada. Can’t wait to give these a try!

    13 July, 2012 at 10:07 am
  • sandeesetliff says:

    That icing sounds yummy, I will have to keep that recipe for sure! And hey, it’s raining here too, maybe I should whip up a batch and keep them all inside as I don’t have any little umbrellas for them! lol Thanks so much for linking up to Project Pinterest! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

    13 July, 2012 at 11:29 am
  • Diane Balch (@DianeBalch) says:

    What festive cupcakes. You are so retro playing pokeno my mom plays it too.

    13 July, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    • Run DMT says:

      How funny! I like that you called us “retro” instead of “old”. Nice touch! lol :-D

      13 July, 2012 at 1:26 pm


    Pina Colada Cupcakes Recipe

  • Carole says:

    Fantastic use of the pina colada idea.
    I found this via Simple Living with Diane Balch. I linked in an attempt at meatballs. Have a super week.

    13 July, 2012 at 9:19 pm
  • 505whimsygirl says:

    Yum! They look mighty tasty! Cupcakes and brownies so far on project pinterest! tee hee.


    14 July, 2012 at 2:34 pm
  • Rona says:

    Stopping by from 5 Minutes for Mom today.
    I love the idea of substituting applesauce for oil and eggs, in a recipe. One still gets a moist cake.
    I hope you have a wonderful week! Keep Pinning!

    15 July, 2012 at 12:22 pm
  • healy088 says:

    Ha, ha! I so like that.. Lucky cupcakes they had the umbrella:) Yummy and colorful too..

    Visiting for FTF- hope you can stop by..

    15 July, 2012 at 11:38 pm
  • Willa Stock says:

    What a perfect summer treat! Thanks for joining FoodTripFriday!!!

    18 July, 2012 at 3:02 am
  • Lencilicious (Luto Ni Nanay) says:

    Very timely treat indeed. Love those colorful cupcake holders and mini umbrellas. :)

    18 July, 2012 at 7:20 am

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